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The department is surrounded by the departments of Gard on the west, Vaucluse on the north, and Var on the east, and by the Mediterranean Sea on the south. The Rhône river delta forms a vast swampy wetlands area called the Camargue in the southwestern part of the department. The principal mountains of the department are the Sainte-Baume massif, Mont Sainte-Victoire, the Garlaban massif and Alpilles massif.

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Walking in the Bouches-du-Rhône.

Alpilles massif.

Northeast of the Delta and the city of Arles, the Alpilles massif and the regional nature park of the same name overlook the Rhone. The environment changes and gets the colors of Provence. You will find a very varied nature with the classic trees from the Mediterranean, such as olive trees, fig trees and almond trees. From Fontvieille, Les Baux-de-Provence, Maussane-les-Alpilles, Mouriès or Saint-Remy-de-Provence, the view in the south extends to the vast plains of the Crau and the Camargue, where the horizon melts into the Mediterranean Sea. In clear weather the visitor can view the three nature reserves of the Provence Pays d'Arles from numerous viewpoints in the Alpilles, with the highest point being the 500 m high Signal des Opies. Note that the access to the massif is limited in the summer. Ask in advance at the Offices de Tourisme or on the Envie de Balade telephone line on number 08 11 20 13 13. The regional nature park offers all kinds of nature activities and numerous hiking trails and GRs for walkers. The former quarries above Les Baux-de-Provence, the flour mill from Antiquity Fontvieille, the mill of Daudet, the archaeological excavations of the Caisses de Jean-Jean à Mouriès, the towers of Castillon south of Maussane-les-Alpilles the Sainte-Sixte chapel in Eygalières or the Vallon des Glauges in Eyguières are sights with a magnificent view of the landscapes of the Alpilles.

Sleeping in the Bouches-du-Rhône.